Project Space


Ten (10) project bays located on floor 5 of the Richey Mixon Building provide individual students as well as groups and teams with a place to store and work on their projects. Each bay is roughly 400 square feet (20 x 20 feet). Bays are divided as follows:

  • Bay 1: Giveaway Bay - Free materials and parts donated by local companies and individuals are available for use in projects.
  • Bays 2 - 5: Long-Term Projects - These spaces are available for team-based group projects that span many generations of students. Policies and application information are available below.
  • Bays 6 - 10: Short-Term Projects - A variety of storage options including floor spaces (available now), cages (coming soon), and project carts are available on a semesterly basis for academic and personal projects of various sizes. Policies and application information are available below.



Short-Term Projects


Floor Spaces

These spaces are available in 5 x 5 foot size and a 5 x 9 foot size. 

Project Carts

These lockable project carts are great for taking your project with you into the machine shop, electronics area, and other fabrication and prototyping areas. 

Project Cages

These lockable project cages are 3 x 3 x 3 foot.


Floor spaces, project cages, and project carts are reservable on a first-come first-serve basis. All think[box] users are eligible to use these spaces, including community members.

  • Users may apply online for these short-term project spaces.
  • For questions or comments, contact
  • Projects must be removed before June 1st of each year, well after the end of the spring semester. Anything left in these spaces will be recycled or discarded on June 1st.



Long-Term Projects

Four (4) bays are reserved for long-term team-based group projects.


  • A project is considered long-term and team-based if it is expected to last for many years, and outlive the academic career of any particular student.
  • Examples of eligible teams include competition and club teams such as SAE Mini-Baja, Design / Build / Fly, Case Rocket Team, Case Robotics Club, student theater groups, etc.
  • Examples of projects that are not eligible include academic projects and personal projects. Those projects should use the Short-Term Project Spaces (see above).

Application and Schedule

  • Groups must apply online before April 30 to be considered for the following academic year.
  • Applications will be reviewed by staff each May.
  • Decisions will be emailed to groups by the end of each May.
  • Departing groups will have until August 1 to vacate.
  • Arriving groups may move in starting August 1.


Load-In Procedure

A loading dock is available for use in loading large items into think[box]. The following information will help you successfully use the loading dock.

Loading Dock Logistics

  • For students receiving shipments, stress to the shipping company that a full-size (48 or 53) foot trailer truck will not fit through the parking lot. Demand that they ship using a truck that is 30 feet or less. Note that truck length is measured as the length of the "box" for a box truck - also called a "straight" truck because there is no swivel joint between the truck and the box, while for a trailer truck the truck length is the length of the trailer. Also, stress that the shipping company must pass along your cell phone number (and a cell phone number for a project partner in case you are not available) to the driver who will be making the delivery. Do not give the lab phone number, as think[box] staff are not able to receive and sign for your shipments. If a shipment arrives for students who are not there to receive it, think[box] staff will reject the shipment and the student group will have to arrange for it to be redelivered at their own cost.
  • Nothing may be stored on the loading dock. Students using the loading dock must immediately move their items off the loading dock, or they will be disposed of promptly and without further warning by think[box] staff.
  • When opening the overhead doors at the loading dock, a silent alarm will go off. See a full-time think[box] staff member to call CWRU security and have them temporarily de-activate the silent alarm. Once you are finished using the overhead door, make sure to lock it by sliding the latch into the receiver, and ask a full-time think[box] staff member to call CWRU security and have them re-enable the silent alarm. Re-enabling the alarm is very important for building security, do not forget.
  • A passenger elevator is available for moving projects between floors.
  • A freight elevator is available for larger items, which can be accessed by speaking with a think[box] staff member or student worker during regular open hours.
  • Important dimensions for receiving shipments and loading in projects:
    • Main front door entrance:
      • Width: 30 inches. Use the loading dock for anything wider than this.
    • Bridge connecting Veale to think[box]:
      • Height: 13 feet 6 inches. Delivery vehicles must be shorter than this.
    • Loading dock:
      • Height from the ground: 40 inches. Standard dock height is 48 - 52 inches, so the think[box] docks are significantly lower. There are two dock plates and two pallet jacks available to aid with loading and unloading.
    • Floor 1 double doors:
      • Width: 62 inches
      • Height: 82.5 inches. This is the limiting height dimension for moving projects between floors until the freight elevator becomes available.
    • Passenger elevator:
      • Width: 48 inches
      • Height: 84 inches
    • Glass lobby door:
      • Width: 38.75 inches. This is the limiting width dimension for moving projects between floors until the freight elevator becomes available.
      • Height: 96 inches